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Many years ago, when plodding through the LDS microfilms searching for
details of my wifes HARRIS family in the parishes around Ranskill, mainly
North and West of Retford, in the midst of a rather long and unproductive
session, I recall having a quiet laugh about an entry in the burial register
about a gentleman where the vicar or parish clerk had added the gratuitous
comment the notorious miser. Being young(er) and more naïve, I chuckled,
but did not make a note of the details, even of the film or parish.
Despite several searches recently, I have not been able to find it again.
Can anyone on the list with a better memory than mine, or more comprehensive
notes, recall seeing this and point me in the right direction? It is not
important, but was a lighter moment in a rather dull day I still recall
after many years.
Now that so much information is available at the click of a mouse these
forums receive very few postings which is a shame as personally I have "met"
some wonderful people on this site.
Not wanting to start a major thread so close to Christmas but can I pass on
a little information about the lovely village of Gotham in Nottinghamshire -
and for those not aware, it is pronounced "Goat -em", not as the fictional
If anyone has ancestors from Gotham and is planning to visit there say to
look round the churchyard and/or the graveyard can I suggest a visit to "The
Cuckoo Bush" pub. Not only is it a "local" in the true sense of that word
that serves some very good pub food (try the pie) but its walls are full of
old photos of the village and one of its walls has a detailed 1900 map as
the wallpaper. One of the more interesting photos is of the all the evacuee
children from Birmingham who were cared for by Gotham families.
I have no connection at all with this pub but am just advising this for
interest. For those curious as to why this pub is so named just check out
Gotham village on various websites.
There is a brass memorial to Liet.General John Grey in Ruddington church. It notes that he died in January, 1837 and had served in the East Indies, I find that there are several John Greys who lived about that time. Can anyone tell me about this pariticular individual?
I don't want to confuse him with General John GREY (1780 - 1856).